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Basic Automation for the Hue Sensor

In this tutorial I’m using the Hue Motion Sensor, which I find to be very reliable and has a fast response time.

So, let me show you a very simple way to get the motion sensor to work according to a schedule.

so, this way is all based on setting a timer in the basic Home app;

  1. Select the Automation tab in Home and click on the + icon in the top left.
  2. Then from the 5 choices, select the last one ‘A sensor detects something’.
  3. Select the Hue Motion sensor and click Next.
  4. On the next screen, select the ‘Detects Motion’ option and click on the ‘time’ option.
  5. From here you can choose to have the motion sensor react in different time-based ways – Any time, During the day, At night, or Specific times. We’re going to choose specific times.
  6. Here you can choose your start and end times which represent the window in which the motion sensor triggers the automation we’re creating. I’m choosing 0900 – 1700 as the start and end times. Click Done.
  7. After that, you then choose what light will come on when motion is detected. I have chosen the Floor Lamp in the TV Room.
  8. Click Next and you get to the last screen that allows you to determine the state the light should be in when motion is detected – ON or OFF, and I’ve chosen to turn the Floor Lamp ON in this example.
  9. You can then decide if the lamp turns off after a certain length of time (unto 60 minutes). In this example i’ve set it to turn off after 5 minutes, but only if it doesn’t detect any motion within those 5 minutes. Finally, click ‘Done’.

You’ve now created your first automation – turn on a lamp, if motion is detected between the hours of 9am and 5pm. Then turn off the lamp after 5 minutes if no motion is detected within this time.

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